Thiruvananthapuram, June 24: The moon sighting process is currently underway in Kerala, the only Indian state, which embraced Ramadan on May 27, a day ahead of rest of India. Due to geographic reasons, the coastal state has sighted moon before the other parts of India over the past several years. The moon sighting in Kerala usually coincides with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries. If moon is sighted today, Kerala would be celebrating Eid al-Fitr tomorrow. Stay tuned above for all latest updates on Eid moon in Kerala. To watch live streaming of all updates related to Eid moon sighting, click here.
With nearly one-third of the population practicing Islam, Eid-al-Fitr remains a major festival in Kerala. Markets have been lit up in Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kannur and other minority dominated regions of the state.
Although Kerala would be sighting the moon today, other parts of India would await the crescent moon of 29th Ramadan tomorrow. The holy month was embraced by rest of the nation a day after Kerala.
Although the popular myth is that Kerala sides with the lunar calendar of Saudi Arabia, clerics from the region have called such assumptions untrue. Maulana Fakhrul Qazi, associated with Sunni Dawat-e-Islam, said the reason behind Kerala observing Eid a day before rest of India is purely a geographical one. Rubbishing the link with Saudi, the preacher said, “We have nothing to do with their lunar calendar. Whether we embrace Ramadan or celebrate Eid – it is purely upon the basis of sighting the moon with the naked eye,” he said.